Over 86,000 people have launched appeals against council parking fines since August, using the site set up by Joshua Browder. Around 40% of those who have appealed have been successful in overturning penalties, according to a poll.
£5.2million's worth of fines were challenged, and it is thought that this has seen £2million's worth of penalties avoided by motorists (based on an average fine of £60 per person, and that 86,204 had used his DoNotPay.co.uk website to launch appeals).
Browder said: "I am shocked that the site has had such a large impact. When I started DoNotPay, I thought that it would help a small handful of family and friends. I could never have imagined that it would help reclaim millions in parking fines."
"I am disappointed that the councils are targeting the most vulnerable in our society. The elderly and the disabled are disproportionately receiving unfair tickets. The council has a responsibility to protect these groups rather than target them and it is rewarding to being doing something to work towards that."
The site is free to use, and allows you to pick one of 12 reasons of defence. You then enter your details and send an appeal created by the website, to the council who issued the fine. The whole process takes less than a minute, apparently, so well worth a look if you want to try and avoid a nonsense fine.